DATE: April 22, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-25
BARRICK PROPOSES THE STORM UNDERGROUND MINE PROJECT
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office has received a proposal from Barrick Gold Exploration Inc. to begin mining operations at the Storm Exploration Decline Project.
The Storm Exploration Decline was the exploration phase of the overall project. Now the project would be called the Storm Underground Mine Project.
Barrick proposes to conduct underground gold mining at the Storm Underground Mine, which is located in the pit at the Dee Gold Mine approximately 30 miles northwest of Carlin, Elko County, Nevada, in the Carlin Trend. Although Barrick has completed initial underground exploration to define the ore bodies, exploration would continue during mining operations.
The proposed facilities would occur on existing surface disturbance. Ore would be hauled to the Barrick Goldstrike Mine for processing. Existing facilities at the Dee Gold Mine and the Storm exploration would be used such as the power line, water well, water storage tank and associated pipeline, waste rock disposal facility, access road, the Storm decline portal and Dee Gold mine portals. The only new facility to be constructed would be an additional waste rock dump built on existing surface disturbance in the Dee Pit.
The ore stockpile and laydown area (where supplies and/or equipment are stored) would be located within the existing pit at the Dee Gold Mine. Proposed mining operations would last for approximately eight years through 2013.
For questions, more information, or to comment about the project, please contact Janice Stadelman phone - (775) 753-0346, by email – Janice_Stadelman@nv.blm.gov, or by mail - 3900 East Idaho St., Elko, NV, 89801. Written comments should be submitted by close of business on May 27, 2005